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To See and Not Perceive: Isaiah 6:9–10 in Early Jewish and Christian Interpretation

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In his famous vision of the enthroned and exalted Lord, Isaiah is told to harden the hearts of his people, “lest they repent” (Isaiah 6:9–10). According to Mark's Gospel, which cites this text, Jesus speaks in parables for the same reason. Interpreters of all generations have, not unnaturally, found the text difficult and disturbing. This study is concerned with the fascinating variety of early Jewish and Christian interpretations and modifications that have attempted to cope with the difficulty. At different stages in Judaism and Christianity the Isaianic vision of God is more clearly perceived than at other times. Isaiah 6:9–10 is itself indeed shocking and disturbing, but this is not inappropriate in the context of the prophetic message.

Key Features

  • Examines the composition, meaning, and interpretive challenges in Isaiah
  • Discusses questions of authorship, historicity, and canonicity
  • All Scripture references linked to the Hebrew texts and English Bible translations in your library

Product Details

  • Title: To See and Not Perceive: Isaiah 6.9–10 in Early Jewish and Christian Interpretation
  • Author: Craig A. Evans
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 261

About Craig A. Evans

Craig A. Evans is Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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  • Title: To See and Not Perceive: Isaiah 6.9–10 in Early Jewish and Christian Interpretation
  • Author: Craig A. Evans
  • Series: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series
  • Volume: 64
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Print Publication Date: 1989
  • Logos Release Date: 2011
  • Era: era:Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. O.T. Isaiah 6:9-10 › Criticism, interpretation, etc
  • ISBNs: 9781850751724, 1850751722
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T03:26:55Z
Craig A. Evans

Craig A. Evans (PhD, Claremont) is an internationally known and respected New Testament scholar, apologist and author who serves as the John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins at Houston Baptist University. He has written extensively on the historical Jesus and the Jewish background of the New Testament era. A prolific writer, Evans has published more than seventy books and over 500 journal articles and reviews, and his books have been translated into several languages. His academic and popular books include Jesus and the Jihadis, Fabricating Jesus, From Jesus to the Church: The First Christian Generation, Jesus, The Final Days: What Really Happened (co-authored with N. T. Wright), Jesus and His Contemporaries, Matthew (in the Word Biblical Commentary) and Ancient Texts for New Testament Studies. His edited volumes include Studying the Historical Jesus, Dictionary of New Testament Background and Christian Beginnings and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Evans has lectured at several prominent universities and seminaries around the world, including Cambridge, Durham and Oxford in the United Kingdom, Princeton and Yale in the United States, and Hebrew University and Ben Gurion University in Israel. Uniquely skilled to communicate biblical scholarship through the media, Dr. Evans has reaffirmed the uniqueness and supremacy of Jesus Christ to millions of people on television, radio and in print media including Dateline NBC, National Geographic ChannelDiscovery Channel, The History Channel, The BBC, New York Times, Global TV, Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. In addition, he served as consultant for <em>The Bible</em> television miniseries, viewed by over 100 million Americans.


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